A specialist in early modern Spain, colonial Latin America, and early modern women’s history, I’ve taught at Mary Washington for 21 years.  I am also currently the program director of the Women’s and Gender Studies major.  I am the first recipient of the College of Liberal Arts, Waple Professorship.

My books include:

Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe. Coedited with Katherine McIver and Jane Couchman (Farnham, UK: Ashgate Press, 2013)


The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of  Galicia (Oxford 2005; winner of the 2006 Roland H. Bainton prize)

a two volume,  women’s history textbook, Women and Gender in the Western Past, coauthored with Katherine L. French (Houghton-Mifflin, now Cengage 2006)

and Regulating the People: The Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Brill, 1998)

For my full C.V.

Poska CV

I have recently published with Susan D. Amussen, “Restoring Miranda: gender and the limits of European patriarchy in the early modern Atlantic world,”
Journal of Global History  Volume 7  Issue 03 / November 2012, pp 342-363


For links to my syllabi and class blogs:

HIST 361  Colonial Latin America LAFall09syl

HIST 121 Western Civilization I Civ s2010syl

HIST 362  Modern Latin America syl 2010

for the class blog

HIST 334 Early Modern European Women’s History Eurowomsyl09

HIST 336 The Reformation Ref syl 09

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